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a fiscal standpoint and everybody's focused on the fiscal cliff and sometimes people give me a hard time for focusing on amtrak, but we have this past year put $1.4 billion into amtrak and government subsidies. almost half a billion in operating subsidies and close to $1 billion in some of the capital improvements. over the years that's -- that commitment's remained pretty much the same. we do have a responsibility with taxpayer dollars to make certain that this operation, which is highly subsidized, and we did do a hearing on that one of the past three, four hearings we did, maybe they can put that on the board, is the comparison of federal subsidies, the average cost of my ticket coming back from new york, government subsidized the average cost of $46.33. fortunately, and i read through the report pretty carefully, amtrak has made some progress in acela, so the loss isn't that great for acela, but this is the average ticket subsidy simply by taking the 29 million passengers or 28 if it was last year and dividing it by the underwriting subsidy. other modes of city buses, 10 cents, mass
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